Gretchen Ellis ’23 resigned as Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President on May 8. This is the second instance of a SGA Vice President resigning from their role in the 2022-2023 academic year. Ellis replaced Jeremias Thiel ’23 as Vice President after Thiel resigned from the role in the fall semester.
At the time of Ellis’s resignation, the SGA Senate was prepared to hear a proposal for her impeachment in its meeting this evening. Ellis told The Olaf Messenger that her resignation was not related to the proposal. In her resignation statement, Ellis wrote “it is with a heavy heart that I must inform all of you that I am resigning from my position as SGA VP. I consider it a privilege to have served as SGA VP with all of you and I am always impressed with your dedication and hard work.”
Incumbent Vice President Chau Truong ’24 assumed the position and chaired the final meeting of the semester. “Senate members suggested President Truong (SGA’s VP elect) to serve the remainder of this school year,” SGA President Sebastian Pham ’23 said.
Truong wrote to the senate announcing Ellis’s resignation before the May 9 meeting. Within that email, Truong stated that an impeachment proposal would not be possible during that evening’s meeting.
When asked about the impeachment proposal, the senate did not elaborate on the matter. “The Senate convened for several informal executive sessions over the last week regarding internal concerns. With respect to the privacy of all parties involved, Chair Ellis stepped down on Monday (5/8) by her own constitution,” Pham wrote on behalf of the senate.
Truong will continue to serve as SGA vice president for 2023-2024 school year, working alongside President-Elect Sophia Pletcher ’24.